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Sukenobu and Japanese Art: Women in Imperial Kyoto

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Sukenobu and Japanese Art: Women in Imperial Kyoto Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The printmaker Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750) was unusual by ukiyo-e standards because he was based in the imperial city of Kyoto and therefore he was an “outsider” in some ways. However, this fact also gave him more freedom to focus on his […]

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Women in Imperial Kyoto Glimpsed Through the Art of Nishikawa Sukenobu

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Women in Imperial Kyoto Glimpsed Through the Art of Nishikawa Sukenobu Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times Nishikawa Sukenobu was born in 1671 and until his death in the middle of the eighteenth century, this stunning artist opened up aspects of the role of women in Japanese society. Also, with Sukenobu being based in Kyoto then […]

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Japanese Art and Power of Paris: Yasui Sotaro

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Japanese Art and Power of Paris: Yasui Sotaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more commercial career. Therefore, from an […]

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Japanese Art and Josetsu: China and Japan Relations based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd”

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Japanese Art and Josetsu: China and Japan Relations based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd” Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times China and Japan have so much in common based on the richness of Buddhism, Confucianism, the arts, culture, gardens, Zen, and a plethora of areas related to high culture. Yet, relations in recent […]

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Japanese Art, Tensho Shubun and China: Zen Buddhist Priest and Artist in the 15th Century

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Japanese Art, Tensho Shubun and China: Zen Buddhist Priest and Artist in the 15th Century Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tensho Shubun was an important figure in Japanese art in the 15th century because several of his pupils would rise to major prominence. Of course, Tensho Shubun also left behind a rich legacy based […]

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Japanese Art and Rimpa: Sekka and Fusions of Art Styles

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Japanese Art and Rimpa: Sekka and Fusions of Art Styles  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) witnessed enormous cultural, political and artistic changes within Japan during his lifetime. He was born during the death throes of the Edo Period whereby the Meiji Restoration of 1868 would revolutionize Japan. This also impacted heavily […]

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Osaka Fashion in Vibrant Namba and Ideal Base for Tourism in Kansai

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Osaka Fashion in Vibrant Namba and Ideal Base for Tourism in Kansai Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Osaka is one of the most powerful cities in the world when it comes to economic power but the richness of this city is often overlooked when compared with Tokyo. However, the thriving fashion districts […]

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Kyoto Artist Yasui Sotaro and Yoga Portraiture: Influence of French Art and Culture

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Kyoto Artist Yasui Sotaro and Yoga Portraiture: Influence of French Art and Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more […]

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Japanese Art and Samurai Taira no Tadamori

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Japanese Art and Samurai Taira no Tadamori Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) is depicted in a prestigious way in Japanese art because this notable samurai was widely respected during his lifetime.  Tadamori also played a very important role in the consolidation of the Taira samurai clan within the Imperial Court. […]

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Journeys in Japanese Prints

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Journeys in Japanese Prints by toshidama The new exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery looks at Journeys, or travelling, in Japanese woodblock prints. Perhaps more than most art forms, the Japanese print, being at heart populist, reflects the attitudes, pastimes and concerns of the populace. Consequently, given that travel was more or less proscribed in the medieval […]

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